A little while ago, I made a post about God of War to try and capitalize on the game’s release. I hadn’t played any of them at that point, so I didn’t have a lot to talk about. In the end, I sort of talked out of my ass for a bit.
Now, however, I have played God of War. At least the new one.
Spoiler alert: it’s good. Like, really good. It’s currently my game of the year. And I know I’m late to the party, but fuck it. I wanted to talk about it again.
Everything in this fucking game is solid. Going from Greek to Asguardian gods feels both natural and interesting, the new combat is awesome and addictive, the game looks so fucking good on the PS4, each voice actor puts in a spectacular performance, and the story is super engaging and easy to follow. On top of all that, there’s a plethora of awesome side-content, like rescuing dragons, fighting Valkyries, or hunting Odin’s pet bird collection.
No, that last one is not a joke.
Understandably, this game was a huge success. It didn’t just try to capitalize on the legacy of the PS2 games; it expanded upon it in a big way. And the biggest expansion comes with our titular Dad of Boi: Kratos.
This game’s iteration of Kratos is one of my favorite characters in all of video games. Not only does he look awesome, but he has a simple and solid character. He’s a harsh, strict and mostly quiet bad-ass who cares very deeply for his dead wife and his son. His past haunts him, as the consequences of slaughtering the Greek gods still hangs heavy on his shoulders.
His story is compelling, his performance is incredible, and his new weapon, the Leviathan Axe, is super fucking cool! Seriously, I get the feeling this bad bay is going to join the Master Sword, Simon’s Whip, the Buster Sword and the Mega-Buster in the Hall of Awesome Iconic Video Game Weapons.
Even his son, Atreus, is awesome and compelling. Watching him go from a clueless but determined child to an experienced and far wiser bad-ass is incredibly interesting, and his chemistry with his father is literally perfect. I refuse to spoil how: go play this game if you want to find out.
Like I said at the beginning: this game is fucking awesome! I’d honestly push people to buy a PS4 just for this game (and Persona 5/Bloodborne/Until Dawn, etc.) if they were even remotely interested. Even if they weren’t, I’d push them to give it a look. Everything about this game kicks ass, and people need to play it.
Just don’t do it on This is God of War mode. Unless, of course, you really like having your ass handed to you.